Thomas Jefferson Papers

Minutes of Central College Board of Visitors, 11 May 1818

Minutes of Central College Board of Visitors

Charlottesville. 11 May. 1818.

At a regular meeting of the Visitors of the Central College on 11th May 1818, at which1 Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John H. Cocke, & Joseph C. Cabell, were present, it was agreed, that it being uncertain whether Thomas Cooper would accept the Professorship of Chemistry, in the event of his not doing so, it would be expedient to procure a Professor of Mathematicks.2 It was also agreed to allow the Proctor of the College the sum of two hundred dollars for the present year.

James Madison
Th: Jefferson
J. H. Cocke
Joseph C. Cabell.

MS (ViU: TJP-VMTJ); in Cabell’s hand, signed by Madison, TJ, Cocke, and Cabell. Tr (ViU: TJP-VMJCC). Tr (ViU: TJP-VMJHC). Tr (ViU: TJP-VMJB). Tr (ViU: TJP); extract entirely in TJ’s hand; subjoined to Trs of Minutes of Central College Board of Visitors, 7 and 8 Oct. 1817; addressed: “For Mr Cabell”; enclosed in TJ to Cabell, 1 Mar. 1819.

1Instead of this word, VMJB Tr reads “Charlottesville.”

2Cabell here canceled “and that Mr Jefferson should be authorized to.” Tr in TJ’s hand ends here.

3Preceding three words in TJ’s hand.

Index Entries

  • Central College; proctor of search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; and proposed professorships search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; Minutes of search
  • chemistry; collegiate education in search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and Central College search
  • mathematics; collegiate education in search